Historically, IVAO tours have provided pilots with point-to-point routes where everyone always flies the same tour. While this is a great way to take in breathtaking landscapes, discover new places, and find our best avaiation challenges, we have decided to do something different.....
We are pleased to present you with a new on-demand tour: The Big 4.
As with our highly praised IFR 2013 - A Pilot's Life tour, this tour has several elements that you, the pilot, can control. YOU can choose your airline. YOU can choose your aircraft. And it's all laid out for YOU on YOUR schedule. Plus, it's all automated...no paperwork to file.
As before, this is a points-based tour. It's simple: The more you fly, the more points you earn. The better you fly, the more points you earn. The more points you earn, the more awards you earn. (Not to mention bragging rights via the leaderboard!)
Before joining us on this adventure, please review the rules. They're simple and easy to follow, but they contain a lot of specifics that you need to know.
Curious about what airlines we offer for this tour? Check out the airlines tab. There's four to choose from all with complete schedules from this winter. Yes, we chose the biggest airlines in the USA per popular demand.
Already read the rules? Head over to the My Personal Settings tab and signup. We just need some basic data from you so we can track your flights and contact you with your schedules. Don't worry, we promise not to send you any unsolicited e-mail or share this information with any other party. If you want us to use your IVAO website password, you are welcome to do so...our system is encrypted...we can't even read it.
Still have questions? Drop us a mail and we'll help you out. More importantly, have fun.
- How does this tour work?
- How does the paperless system work?
- How do I get the on-time bonus?
- I flew a flight and the system didn't record it. Why?
- My assignment disappeared and I have a new one!
- I haven't finished my assignment before the end of the week and I want to finish it.
- Do I have to wait until my start day to fly my assignments?
- Are the aircraft types mandatory?
- Are the callsigns mandatory?
- Do I have to fly at the listed times?
- What is friend mode?
- Why is the system not assigning me flights?
- Why isn't XYZ airlines on here?
- My flight wasn't accepted. What does the system message mean?
- What is all of the information listed in My Current Assignment?
- The weather at my destination got worse and I need to divert. What do I do?
- Why am I only assigned one flight on a certain day?
- What is weather waiver?
What's new this year?
- We have new schedules with four new airlines: American, Delta, United, and US Air.
- The system now has 3 tiers of promotion. Those in career mode will get a promotion at 1000 points. Everyone will get the "HEAVY" promotion at 2000 points.
- The system now recognizes days of operation. Thus, you will not get assigned a flight for Monday that does not actually operate on Monday.
- There will be a schedule update for the Summer.
- Cooperative friend mode is now available. See the "Friend Mode" section for details.
- Preview Available Flights map is now available from the Personal Settings page. This will show you what destinations are served from the hub you select and by what aicraft.
- Added JAN 5: Weather Waiver option available when visibility is below 1/2 SM or ceilings are less than 200ft as shown by METAR at the arrival airport only.
For this tour, the following rules and regulations are in place:
- All flights must be completed online using a valid real-weather source.
- All flights must be completed under instrument flight rules with adherence to applicable governing federal regulations.
- Pilots will be required to register for this tour including providing a valid e-mail address. This information will be considered confidential and will not be shared with any 3rd party. The e-mail address will be used only for communication regarding the tour and pilots may choose to turn off e-mail notifications under their personal preferences.
- Pilots are expected to have appropriate charts on board. All US charts can be found at http://www.skyvector.com or http://www.airnav.com.
- Your flight plan remarks must include RMK/USIFR14. This is how the system will track you.
- Before takeoff, you must be online for a period of no less than 5 minutes. After landing, you must be online for a period of no less than 5 minutes. Again, this is for system tracking.
- Some assignments may be international flights. Please remember that flight regulations may differ from country to country. We are guests of these neighboring divisions and as a tour participant, your conduct is representative of the US Division. You may opt out of international flights if you so desire via your personal settings.
- Flight assignments include the aircraft type to use. Your flight plan must reflect the correct aircraft.
- Diversions are allowed due to poor weather. In the case of a flight diversion, you must complete your flight within 6 hours from your diversion airport to your destination when the weather has improved. You must keep the same callsign.
Assignments are based upon the following settings in your user preferences:
- Career Mode (Aircraft promotion scale with bonus points)
- Airline Preference (You may choose only one, but you may transfer with penalty)
- Start Day (Day of week you want to start your schedule)
- Deployment Duration (How many days in a row you want flights)
- Aircraft Type (Some options disabled in Career Mode)
- Pilot Base (Can changed at anytime without penalty)
- Domestic Only (Disables International Flights)
- OK to Mix Aircraft (When enabled, all selected aircraft are available for assignment)
- Quick Turn-Arounds (Will cause flights on the same day to have one hour or less in between.)
- Max Flight Length (Specifies the maximum flight length you will accept.)
- Time of Day (Specifies local time of flights preference.)
Assignments are available two days before your start day, so, if you choose to start your flights on Mondays, you will be eligible for selection on Saturday. You may accept or reject the assignment given to you. If you reject the assignment, a new one will be generated to replace it. Your assignment will contain one evening flight on your first day, one morning flight on your last day and two flights on each intermediate day.
And yes, you MUST fly them in order.
Paperless Reporting System
As previously discussed, this tour uses our own unique paperless reporting system. Assuming you do everything correctly, you need to do nothing further. The system will automatically validate your flight and award you with the correct points within an hour or two after completion.
If we lived in a perfect world, this system would be flawless, but errors can happen. After reviewing your history if you see something that isn't right, follow the link on the history page to file a discrepancy report. Someone will manually review the flight and if all checks out, you will receive the credit you earned.
Points System and Awards
The following is a breakdown of how points are awarded:
- You will receive 10 points for each hour of flight. Example: A 2.5 hour flight will earn 25 points.
- You will receive 10 bonus points for flying on the correct day.
- You will receive 5 bonus points for an on-time departure. On-time means -15/+15 minutes on the correct date.
- You will receive 5 bonus points for an on-time arrival. On-time means -15/+15 minutes on the correct date.
- Career mode participants will receive 5 bonus points per flight at level 1 and 10 bonus points per flight at level 2/3.
- Once you have earned 1000 points with any one company, you will receive 10 bonus points per flight with that same company.
- Cooperative friend mode points are split evenly between all participants.
The career mode promotion will take place once you have accumulated 1000 points with a single company and again at 2000 points with a single company. If you change carriers, your company points will reset.
The tier 3 promotion will occur when 2000 points total have been accumulated.
Awards are earned as follows:
- The Divisional IFR Tour award is earned at 2000 points.
- The Great Division User Award is earned at 5000 points.
The "Friend" mode was developed for pilots who like to fly online together.
In cooperative mode, all participating pilots will receive the SAME assignments, however, only ONE pilot may flight any listed flight. The total awarded points will be split evenly among all participants. You will also be locked into the same settings as a result. Any member of the friends group can accept them or request new ones. Once assigned, all members will be flying the same routes. It is not mandatory that you fly them together, however, it will give you the option to fly with your friends on the same routes if you desire. All participants must have "COOPERATIVE" selected as their friend mode for this to be active.
In individual mode, all participating pilots will receive the SAME assignments. You will also be locked into the same settings as a result. Any member of the friends group can accept them or request new ones. Once assigned, all members will be flying the same routes. It is not mandatory that you fly them together, however, it will give you the option to fly with your friends on the same routes if you desire. You will each receive full credit for all flights per the guidelines. All participants must have "INDIVIDUAL" selected as their friend mode for this to be active.
If you select "NONE" as your friend mode, regardless of what your other friends may select, you will be on your own.
You may update your friends list at any time. Selecting an added friend from the list and clicking GO will remove them. Likewise, you can add a friend by putting their VID in the box. You can also change your mode at any time you wish. In order for the system to work correctly, ALL PARTICIPANTS must add each other to their friends list.